- Driven to Despair
- 2017 – Getting back on track after Christmas
- Childhood Obesity Strategy failing our children
- Diabetes – What schools need to know
- DVLA – Good News!
- The National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA)
- Diabetes care criticised
- Motorists banned in error after faulty DVLA visual field test
- Too many children and young people with diabetes not getting the care they need
- National NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
- InDependent Diabetes Trust: Young diabetics ‘get worse care’
- IDDT’s Position Statement – ‘pre-diabetes’
- MBE Is Bolt From The Blue For Charity Chair
- New insulin on the market – Insulin Degludec (Tresiba)
- Diabetes community urges more support for older people
- Warning to people with diabetes about dangerous herbal medicine
- In 1 week, 60 hospital patients with diabetes develop preventable complications – National Audit
- Passport for Diabetes in Care Settings
- Launch of Passport for Diabetes in Care Settings
- Type 2 Diabetes – Management & Medication
- Cost of insulin analogues
- Actos And The Risk Of Bladder Cancer – New Safety Warnings
- Actraphane – are patients really at the centre of care
- Marketing of insulin – a missed opportunity
- IDDT Launch Patient Hospital Passports
- IDDT Launch Public Awareness Campaign
- IDDT’s Position Statement on DTCA
- In Sickness and in Health
- IDDT Triumphs in Australia
DVLA – Good News!
EU changes night-time hypos driving rules for people with diabetes
The European Commission has made changes to the driving rules in relation to severe hypoglycaemia when people are asleep.
As we are all aware, the EU Directive introduced in 2011 ruled that people using insulin who have one or more severe hypos in any period of 12 months have to inform the DVLA and as a result will have their driving licence revoked. A severe hypo (low blood glucose level) is defined as one that has to be treated with the assistance of another person.
One of the major problems with this rule is that there has been no differentiate between day and night hypos, despite night hypos not affecting the ability to drive the next day. This has resulted in people with diabetes losing their driving licence unnecessarily.
Experts review the Directive
Last year experts from across Europe reviewed the Directive and overwhelming voted for amendments. The European Commission has responded and, at the end of March, announced that recurrent night hypos will no longer be included in the ‘one or more’ hypos in the 12 month period.
Over the last 5 years IDDT and other charities have pointed out how unfair the 2011 Directive has been in terms of night hypos and of course we have questioned whether it was based on any evidence. Obviously not!
The EU Commission will be asking the DVLA to make the necessary legislative changes by January 1st 2018.
What is the present situation?
Until the law is changes the 2011 Directive still applies and the inclusion of night hypos in the ‘one or more’ hypos will continue and people have to abide by this.
IDDT has expressed the view to the DVLA that the amendments to the law need to be made as a matter of urgency to prevent people losing their licences unfairly during this interim time.
We are sure that more details will become available in the coming months because questions undoubtedly arise from these changes. For example, if people have lost their driving licence during the coming months because of a night hypo, will they be eligible to re-apply immediately? What about people who have lost their licence due to night hypos during the past 5 years (and possibly their job), now apparently unnecessarily?